Bible Verses Christians Take Out of Context

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Context. It can make a huge difference in meaning. This is especially true when it comes to scripture. This video below published by “THE BEAT”, explains the importance of context in scripture. The video actually goes over five verses that are often taken out of context, changing their intended meaning.

Verses Often Taken Out of Context

Do Not Judge:

Matthew 7:1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.” You have likely heard this verse taken out of context more than once. In many cases, you will hear people use to verse to indicate there is no basis for judgment in the Christian life. However, there are many other verses in the Bible that seem to contradict this, like 1 Corinthians 5:11-13 and John 7:24, where judgment is encouraged. In actuality, when context is taken into proper consideration, Jesus is telling us in Matthew 7 that the order of judgment should be considered. For example, Matthew 7:5 says, “First take the plank out of your own eye, then you can clearly see to take it out of your brother’s eye.” This means Jesus is not necessarily condemning judgment itself in verse 1. Instead, He is putting some stipulations upon its use.

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Consider Trials Joy:

In James 1:2 the Bible says, “Consider it pure joy…when you face various trails.” This verse is often taken out of context and Christians are made to feel they should be happy when facing even extremely difficult circumstances in their lives. James isn’t saying we should be happy in the trial itself, though. Instead, he is explaining that trails will produce good end results, like maturity and perseverance. The types of characteristics that we might not form without the presence of trails. Therefore, the trail itself isn’t something to be happy about but what it will produce is.

Learn about even more verses commonly taken out of context by watching the video in its entirety.